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What can we expect and what is life expectancy of someone on daily dialysis with pneumonia unable to breathe independently. Continual fluid in lungs.

What can we expect and what is life expectancy of someone on daily dialysis with pneumonia unable to breathe independently. Continual fluid in lungs.

Ask doctor...: The info provided is not enough to deduce life expectancy for patients requiring daily dialysis, which suggests the patient has fast fluid accumulation resulting from poor cardiac function on top of end-stage renal failure, together further decrease life expectancy. So, it is very poor - maybe a matter of weeks to 3-6 months unless some miraculous events happen. Best wishes...

Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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My mom is in ccu. She is 63. She has copd. She has a very bad case of pneumonia. She also has a compromised immune system and needs dialysis. Recover

My mom is in ccu. She is 63. She has copd. She has a very bad case of pneumonia. She also has a compromised immune system and needs dialysis. Recover

Cannot predict: Without seeing your mom and knowing the cause of her pneumonia, the type of immune deficiency from which she suffers, etc. It is not possible to predict how likely she is to recover, but sincerely hope she does well.

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My mother is in the icu with pneumonia and sepsis, and now they are starting dialysis. Does that mean she will need a kidney transplant?

My mother is in the icu with pneumonia and sepsis, and now they are starting dialysis. Does that mean she will need a kidney transplant?

Probably not: Most patients who develop acute renal failure from septic shock will regain kidney function if they survive. My concern is that your mother may be developing multisystem organ failure which is a more pressing acute concern.

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My dad is in the ICU for acute pneumonia. Has diabetes and partial kidney failure as well. Will dialysis help in recovery and in reducing lung fluid?

My dad is in the ICU for acute pneumonia. Has diabetes and partial kidney failure as well. Will dialysis help in recovery and in reducing lung fluid?

It depends: Dialysis would be needed for severe renal failure that is causing significant metabolic abnormalities or fluid overload. It may not necessarily help in cases of mild or moderate renal failure and pneumonia. It definitely wouldn't help remove the inflammatory fluid from a pneumonia. I hope this helps and that your father improves.

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How common is pneumonia and the need for dialysis after open heart surgery for a torn aorta due to an aneurysm and two blocked arteries?

How common is pneumonia and the need for dialysis after open heart surgery for a torn aorta due to an aneurysm and two blocked arteries?

Frequent: After such a life threatening event, it is not unusual to have complications, and renal failure needing dialysis as well as pneumonia from a prolonged intubation are actually quite common in this traumatic setting.

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Do I have pneumonia?

Do I have pneumonia?

How could we tell?: This is the public information HT site. You get the most from the site when you provide background information on a problem and ask a specific question based on that information. Without symptoms and other description of your problem, we have no basis for any conclusions. You are welcome to start over. Your posts are never linked & go to the site at random.

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How to cure pneumonia?

How to cure pneumonia?

Pneumonia: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs causes by bacteria or virus. Bacterial pneumonia is more common in community and needs antibiotics. The prognosis depends on various factors like, immunity, age, severity of pneumonia, associated medical conditions like other lung disease, smoking, diabetes etc. The patient will need to see a doctor for exam, investigation and treatment.

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What is pre-pneumonia?

No such medical cond: Your doctor maay be trying to simplify for you to understand that you might develop pneumonia, which can happen if you have bronchitis following sore throat and upper respiratory virus infections which are very common. Sometimes a pneumonia will follow after such infections.

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Can pneumonia be cured?

Can pneumonia be cured?

Pneumonia: Antibiotics will fix bacterial pneumonia. Viral pneumonia fixes itself. Fungal will need anti fungal treatment

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How is dialysis performed?

Dialysis: Dialysis can be done through the blood (hemodialysis) or through the abdomen (peritoneal dialysis). Hemodialysis involves passing the blood across and filter to purify it / remove toxins and remove water. Peritoneal dialysis takes advantage of the membrane within the abdomen to act as a filter. In either case toxins are removed from the blood stream.

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How is pneumonia diagnosed?

Pneumonia can be: Diagnosed on many occasions simply via a thorough history, and physical examination. You can hear rales on examination of the lungs. On laboratory examinations the white count is often elevated. If there is a question the doctor may also order a chest xray.

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Can you die from pneumonia?

Can you die from pneumonia?

Possible: Pneumonia can be a life-threatening problem especially if left untreated. You should see a doctor if you are having symptoms of pneumonia.

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How dangerous is pneumonia?

How dangerous is pneumonia?

PNA treatable.: In a young person, like yourself it's usually treatable without much danger. In an older person with significant medical issue, however, could be fatal. Pneumonia needs to be taken seriously and treated appropriately.

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What medicine for pneumonia?

It depends.: There are different types of bacteria that cause bacterial pneumonia in the community. Infections acquired in the hospital can be caused by different bugs. Viral pneumonia would not respond to any antibiotics. On rare occasions pneumonia could be cause by a fungus.

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Could I be getting pneumonia?

Pneumonia: Need more information. If you are having fever, cough with sputum production, chest pain, shortness of breath, chills, etc., you may be getting pneumonia, but this needs careful evaluation by a clinician. If you suspect you may have pneumonia you should be seen by a doctor asap.

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How is pneumonia transmitted?

Respiratory droplets: Pneumonia is spread from person to person via respiratory droplets released when a person coughs, sneezes, laughs, or talks. The bacteria can live in a person's throat without causing symptoms, so you can even get it from a person who doesn't look sick. Avoid the spread of germs by washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and being cautious around sick people.

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What are symptoms of pneumonia?

What are symptoms of pneumonia?

Signs of pneumonia: A persistent cough and fever over 102 fever commonly with shaking chills and sweating (although older people may have lower-than-normal body temperature), shortness of breath, chest pain that fluctuates with breathing (pleurisy), occasional headache, muscle pain, fatigue.

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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